Hudson Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
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Pros

  • Unique Phillipe Starck design
  • Popular Library Bar and a roofop deck
  • Modern gym
  • One block from Central Park
  • Steps from 5 different subway lines
  • Free bike rentals
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

Bottom Line

Steps from Central Park and five subway lines, the 807-room Hudson has a prime location. But beyond its surreal, Philippe Starck design and four scenester bars, it's actually a remodeled Y.M.C.A. with very tiny rooms. For bigger rooms, check out 6 Columbus.

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 Scene

Designed by Philippe Starck in 2000 to look like an enchanted urban forest, the 807-room Hudson is the discount version of boutique luxury.

Chess playing at Library Bar
Chess playing at Library Bar

Boutique hotelier Ian Schrager opened the 807-room Hudson in 2000, on the heels of his successful New York ventures Morgan's and the Royalton. At the time of purchase, the building was owned by PBS, and its upper floors were rented out as college dorm rooms. (It was initially built as a Y.M.C.A. in the 1920s.) Schrager sent ripples through the hotel industry with his plans to create a cheap but ultra-stylish hotel -- unheard of in New York at the time -- that would he said be a "modern Y.M.C.A., an urban spa in the middle of the city."

When the hotel opened, it actually managed to live up to the hype. Celebrities flocked to Hudson Bar and the Library Bar, and the hotel's lobby became a place to be seen, even while guests paid $95 for cramped quarters upstairs.

But the Hudson's novelty has worn off a bit -- nothing this cheap can stay hot in Manhattan for too long. Still, the lobby and other public spaces remain visually stunning. Renowned designer Philippe Starck, who also designed Schrager's Delano hotel in Miami, covered the 40-foot-high ceiling in the dark, cavernous lobby with ivy, hanging an enormous chandelier above the front desk. (The hotel's lobby is actually on the second floor, accessed by a single escalator that leads up from the signless street entrance.)

 Location

Across from the shops and restaurants of the Time Warner Center, on top of five subway lines, and five minutes from Central Park.

The Hudson is located on West 58th Street in Midtown West, between the dazzling marquees and crowds of the Theater District and the upscale apartments of the Upper West Side. It's an area that long ago was better known as Hell's Kitchen, but has transformed since the Time Warner Center -- basically a high-end mall with some of the city's best restaurants -- opened on the Hudson's corner. Now the area is teeming with high-end hotels -- 6 Columbus, the Mandarin Oriental, and Trump International Hotel & Tower -- and two of New York's most expensive restaurants, Per Se and Masa. Conveniently, there is also a massive Whole Foods organic supermarket located in the basement of the Time Warner Center.

 Rooms

Starting at just 136 square feet, the rooms are extremely small -- but also sleek, and with free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, and Malin and Goetz toiletries.

The Superior Room
The Superior Room

Originally a Y.M.C.A., turned dorm room turned hotel, the Hudson is most notable for its comically small rooms -- you're likely to bump your knees into the bathroom walls while sitting on the toilet. The hotel tries its best to spin this into something fun, and its website claims the inspiration for the rooms comes from a "private cabin on an upscale yacht." Management also claims that the hotel is meant to be "a college campus for adults."

But the truth remains -- the single rooms start at a mere 136 square feet, and are among the smallest rooms in New York City. The standard and "superior" rooms, the next steps up, come with either a double or a queen-size bed, but they don't get much bigger, at 144 to 167 square feet -- still smaller than most New York boutique hotel rooms. Even these rooms only have about 2 feet of space on either side of the bed. But once you get used to the size -- or at least figure out a way to store your bags without tripping on them -- the dark, wood-paneled rooms can feel cozy and stylish.

  • Rooms renovated in 2012 with Prada-inspired furnishings and addtional storage space added
  • Egyptian cotton linens on comfy, sleek beds
  • Two chairs and a minimalist desk
  • To get on par with an average New York boutique hotel room, deluxe rooms (171 to 220 square feet)
  • Studio or loft suite (305 to 350 square feeet) or a one-bedroom suite (450 square feet)
  • 1,500-square-foot penthouse with an outdoor terrace
  • Bedside lamps inspired by a British X-ray photographer
  • Wooden blinds
  • Large flat-screen TVs
  • An electronic safe
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • All-white bathrooms come with Malin and Goetz bath products

 Features

Modern gym with top-notch equipment and free Wi-Fi

The hotel's gym is located in the basement. It has a large selection of cardio equipment with personal video screens, as well as free weights and weight machines. The hotel offers free bike rentals, too.

In addition to a business center with computers, printers, and fax machines, the Hudson has two floors of meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 500 people.

Free Wi-Fi

 Family

A trendy, party-heavy hotel with dark, cramped rooms that can't fit any rollaway beds, this is not the place for families.

Though close to Central Park, the Hudson is a party hotel at heart, particularly on weekends. Some guests have complained about the hallways reeking of marijuana (just like a college dorm!), and it's not unheard of for people to make out in one of the lobby's many dark corners. Maybe not the best sight for young eyes. Plus, the limited (and pricey) food menus aren't ideal for young children.

 Food

Trendy on-site dining

Bizarrely designed Hudson Hall
Bizarrely designed Hudson Hall
  • Hudson Common, located off the lobby, serves burgers and beer in a trendy setting. The restaurant is open every evening and has a DJ or other entertainment every night.
  • Hudson Lodge is Manhattan's first "outdoor urban ski resort-themed" bar. The lodge lounge serves unique ski-themed small bites. Open seasonally.
  • The cozy and trendy Library Bar serves continental breakfast and coffee.
  • Seasonal rooftop Sky Terrace serves drinks with great city views.
  • Tequila Park serves Mexican food and drinks, and features a Taco shack in the large outdoor space. Seasonal movie nights.

 Bottom Line

Steps from Central Park and five subway lines, the 807-room Hudson has a prime location. But beyond its surreal, Philippe Starck design and four scenester bars, it's actually a remodeled Y.M.C.A. with very tiny rooms. For bigger rooms, check out 6 Columbus.

Things You Should Know About Hudson Hotel

Address

  • 356 West 58 Street, New York, NY 10019

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Hudson Hotel New York
  • Hudson Hotel New York City
  • Hudson Hotel Ny
  • Hudson Hotel Nyc
  • Hudson New York City

Room Types

  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Deluxe King Room
  • Deluxe Queen Room
  • King Superior Room
  • Loft Suite
  • One Bedroom Business Suite
  • Penthouse
  • Single Room
  • Standard Double Room
  • Standard Queen Room
  • Studio Suite
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Queen Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 807
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 356 West 58 Street, New York, NY 10019
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